Workers' compensation is an insurance program that provides weekly financial benefits and medical care to workers who have been injured in an accident or made ill on the job.
You are not required to have an attorney represent you while you seek workers' compensation benefits after being injured on the job. However, if you want to maximize the amount of benefits that you will receive, then an experienced attorney is your best bet.
Although the number of work-related injuries has decreased over the last 20 years, an average of 3 million Americans in the private sector are still injured on the job every year. Every state, including Louisiana, struggles with the immense cost of work-related injuries on the economy and on individual families and lives.
An offshore worker who was injured while working on an offshore oil rig off the Louisiana coast has filed suit in federal court. The case is being heard in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The man states he was attempting to board a nearby supply vessel which had been moored to the oil rig in a "man basket" at the time of the incident, resulting in physical injury.
Vibrations from machinery and other devices around the workplace have the potential to cause occupational injuries to the people who work with them. Although the harm that vibration inflicts has often been difficult for doctors to detect and treat, an expanding body of knowledge on the subject gives hope for more accurate diagnoses and effective remedies.
In Gretna, a worker has planned to file a lawsuit after an alleged accident on the job. According to official records, the woman was involved in an accident on May 6, 2014, when she was working as an electrician assistant. The company was performing work on the Riverwalk at the time of the incident. She claims that she was instructed to climb a ladder and push wires back into a box and that she was shocked and thrown from the ladder as a result.
On Sept. 25, a man filed a claim for compensation in a Louisiana court after he says that he was injured on the job. According to the plaintiff, he suffered from acute lower back injuries while working in a lab aboard a sea vessel that was positioned in the Gulf of Mexico.
Workers in Louisiana can take steps to prevent the most common on-the-job accidents. These have been identified as overexertion, falling on the same level, falling from one level to another, being struck by an object and bodily exertion such as injuries from bending or tripping without falling.
In Louisiana and other areas of the country, workplace injuries are not limited to factories and physically strenuous jobs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the highest injury rates in 2011 included health care, retail, wholesale trade, transportation and warehousing, and construction. Musculoskeletal disorders accounted for nearly a third of the injuries sustained in the workplace. These injuries impact the muscles, tendons and nerves of the affected area.
Workers in Louisiana who sustain a herniated cervical disc may suffer from a great deal of pain and loss of mobility. Connected to the vertebrae, cervical discs act as shock absorbers and allow movement in the back and neck. When a cervical disc becomes displaced, or herniated, the disc puts pressure on nerves. This nerve pressure can cause numbness, tingling, weakness and pain in a person's arms and shoulders.